UPSC Prelims and Mains Eligibility: Age Limit, Minimum Qualification and Reservation Criteria

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) or Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is one of the prestigious and aspired carriers. Many students and aspirants wish to qualify this examination. However, most of them are not aware of the complete criteria for the prelims and mains examination.

This respective article will help you to know complete details about the UPSC exam. The preparation of aspirants must begin with comprehensive knowledge for the criteria. Candidates who are thinking to apply for this examination must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognised university.

UPSC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA OVERVIEW

  • Minimum age limit for the candidate is 21 years, and the maximum, or upper age limit for the general candidates is 32 years.
  • The exam pattern for IAS comprises of three phases:
    (a) Prelims
    (b)Mains
    (c)Interview round
  • The candidates who successfully qualify in both prelims and mains are eligible for interview round.

UPSC ELIGIBILITY- Age Criteria for IAS

According to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the candidate must be between 21 to 32 years, as on August 2020 (the following data is for UPSC CSE 2020). The candidate applying must have been born not before 2nd August 1988 and not after than 1st August 1999.

The age criteria for civil services is an important factor and candidates applying for it must read it carefully.

CATEGORYUPPER RELAXATION-UPSC Age limitNUMBER OF ATTEMPTS
General326
OBC359
SC/ST37Unlimited (till age limit)
Ex-Servicemen359
Disabled Defence Services Personnel379
Persons with
Benchmark Disability – EWS (Economically weaker section)
429
UPSC ELIGIBILITY- Age Criteria for IAS

Details For Physically Handicapped Category

  • Up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of (a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness.
  • Note I:—Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of Rule 6(b) above, viz those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, Persons of Benchmark Disabilities [viz. (a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, add attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness etc.] will be eligible for grant of cumulative age relaxation under both the categories.

As per the IAS Eligibility for Defence Servicemen, the persons disabled in operations during hostilities and malice with any foreign country or in a troubled area and released as a result thereof have special Civil Services age limit relaxation.

The IAS Eligibility for such defence servicemen states that ECOs/SSCOs who have fulfilled a beginning period of assignment of 5 years Military Service as on 1st August 2020 get five years of age relaxation, provided whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defense issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on the selection from the date of receipt of an offer of appointment.

UPSC ELIGIBILITY- Educational Qualification for IAS

There are certain specific educational requirements for UPSC Exam. Candidate must be aware of these requirements. Aspirants must read all the points before applying for the exam.

  • The minimum qualification for UPSC Examination is that the candidate must hold a degree from any government recognised university or must have an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who are currently in their last year and are in wait for their results can apply for the UPSC Prelims. Candidates who are about to appear for IAS Exams have to submit the proof of having passed the examination with the application for UPSC Mains examination.
  • Candidates who have professional or technical qualifications which are recognised by any government is as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
  • Medical students who have completed the final year of MBBS, but haven’t completed their internship are also eligible for IAS. However, during applying for Mains examination, the candidate must submit a certificate specifying the completion for the course (including training) from the respective authority of the university.

UPSC ELIGIBILITY- Nationality Criteria

For IAS and IPS:

  • The candidate must be a citizen of India

All Other Services:

  • Candidate must be either:
  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. A resident of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 intending to settle in India permanently, or
  5. A person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zaire and Vietnam intending to settle in India permanently.

IMPORTANT

  • The candidates relating to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) should provide a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India. Such applicants may take the exam before getting the said certificate of eligibility, but he/she would get the offer of appointment only after the Government of India has assigned the certificate.
  • Point to Note: A person relating to categories (2), (3) and (4) are not qualified for selection to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

A career in civil services can be challenging to achieve, but not impossible. Many candidates apply for the examination; however, half of them qualify prelims. This statement is not to demotivate or scare you, instead to push you for working hard. IAS or any different career in UPSC is a responsibility with perks.

WORK HARD AND ALL THE BEST!

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